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Tapsmas moterimi ir postfeministinės strategijos
Becoming-Woman and Post-Feminist Strategies

Author(s): Audronė Žukauskaitė
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų
Keywords: Deleuze; Guattari; the Body without Organs; becomingwoman, becoming-imperceptible; Braidotti; Grosz; Haraway; cyborg; posthuman body.

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the feminist response to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s notion of becoming-woman. Feminist reactions reveal the deep conflict between feminist theory, which seeks to empower female subjectivity, and contemporary philosophy, which departs from any notion of the subject. Feminist doubts and reservations are represented through the critical readings of Deleuze and Guattari by two post-feminist thinkers – Rosi Braidotti and Elizabeth Grosz. While maintaining some reservations about this theory, Braidotti and Grosz reveal many positive implications for postfeminist theory. One of the most important consequences is that the notion of desire and feminine sexuality can be discussed in positive and affirmative terms. Another consequence is that Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the Body without Organs influenced new theories of bodily technologies and the posthuman body. The article examines Donna Haraway’s notion of the cyborg and Judith Halberstam and Ira Livingston’s notion of the posthuman body as a post-feminist reaction to dominant patriarchal power. The article also interprets the conjunction of technologies and the body by analyzing the performances of Orlan and Stelarc and demonstrates in what ways these performances can be read as post-feminist strategies.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 101-118
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Lithuanian